Melissa Jeuken (above left), shepherd with the Old Irish Goat Society, and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh (right)
Howth Head, Howth, north county Dublin.
Fingal County Council writes:
We are delighted to announce a ground-breaking conservation grazing project, with Old Irish Goats, at Howth, in the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The scheme, which will last for 3 years, is a partnership project between Fingal County Council and the Old Irish Goat Society with support from the Howth SAAO.
A group of 25 Old Irish Goats, originating from the national herd in Mulranny, Co Mayo, have today arrived in their new home on Howth Head as the first phase of the project gets underway.
The project will utilise traditional methods of management, a goat herder and sheepdogs. It will also trial, for the first time in Ireland, the Norwegian “No-fence” system which employs GPS tracking to define fenceless grazing areas…